“The US State Department had missed the June 21 deadline to provide Congress with documents that Republicans in the House of Representatives believe could help clarify the role the government had in silencing conservatives online.

The documents in question were requested in June from the Global Engagement Center (GEC), which is operated by the State Department. The Center’s “claim to fame” is that one of its grants – amounting to $100,000 – went to the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) in 2021.

This is by no means the only significant donation GDI has received – $860,000 came its way from the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit that is also funded by the US government. This money was paid to GDI between 2020 and 2022 – but this organization has in the meantime cut ties with GDI, at least as far as openly financing the controversial group…

The Republican chair of the Small Business Committee Roger Williams, who is one of those behind the request that is yet to be fulfilled, suspects that the Global Disinformation Index and its activities are responsible for the loss of opportunities for small businesses, through censorship.”